PNP chief orders drug war performance review

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 30 2018 12:25 PM

MANILA - National police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Monday said he has ordered a review of his officers' achievements in the war on drugs.

Albayalde said he ordered the review or "recalibration" of the drug war after President Rodrigo Duterte, in his third State of the Nation Address, said the campaign will be as relentless and chilling as the day it started despite criticism from rights activists.

An oversight committee will assess the anti-drug achievements of all police stations. Those with poor performances, he said, may need to adjust their operations or have officers removed from their posts, said Albayalde.

Police, he added, will also continue monitoring some 1,600 drug users who have yet to surrender to authorities, over 1.2 million drug dependents who have sought rehabilitation, and nearly 900 high value targets, including drug peddlers and their protectors.

"We will not drop our standard guidelines. Rule of law must prevail," Albayalde said.

Police said at least 4,200 Filipinos have died in the war on drugs since May 2016 after fighting back against authorities. Rights groups, however, say the death toll is 3 times higher and does not include killings by alleged state-sponsored "vigilantes."

With a report from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News